Armida Bittner has served as Gila County's Superintendent of Schools since 1988. She was first appointed to the post in March 1988,
then elected to it in November. She would like to keep the job.
In addition to serving as Gila County School Superintendent, she is on the Arizona State Board of Education, appointed by Gov. Janet Napolitano in Jan. 2003.
Before her appointment to the county post, she was a elementary language arts and bilingual resource teacher in Globe.
"One of our biggest accomplishments in the superintendent's office is the implementation of an Education Service Agency," she said.
The agency helps secure extra funds for programs and services the school districts require.
"I believe that an education is essential in becoming a responsible, contributing citizen," Bittner said. "Completing one's education enriches not only you personally, but those with whom you interact ... I share my GED experience ... I am proud of this and feel that I have touched their lives.
"I believe we are all life-long learners. You are never too old to learn something new."